2010 Blue Bird 8.3L Cummins Finished Skoolie
We don’t have a ton of pictures from when we lived in it and now it’s parked with family in a different state (Kansas) but here is a link to what the bus looks like when we did (instagram reel):
I’ve also included photos of the bus at ~ 95% finished. This is a 2010 Blue Bird 40’ Rear Engine School Bus with a 8.3L Cummins Diesel and an Allison md3060 transmission – i.e. the dream bus engine find, especially for mountainous areas. Plenty of ways left to make this off-grid capable skoolie your own but still totally move-in ready! Comes with a generator.
Story: This bus was in incredible condition when we bought it, it came from an Oklahoma school district with only 110k miles. We put less than 5k miles on it. We spent about 6 months converting it, then traveled and lived in it for a couple months with our dogs, but while building it we found out we were expecting a wee little one and decided to settle down in a super cold climate (like -40 degrees in winter kind of climate), so we are selling this dreamboat.
We put a lot of energy and time and upgrades into this bus and wanted to do a lot with finishing touches we couldn’t quite get to before moving, but the good news is that all the hard stuff is done and now you get to do the fun stuff and make it functional for you/your family!
What it’s got:
Set up for shore water and power as well as off-grid use with solar and massive 200 gallon water storage inside (under bed) to prevent freezing.
1200 Watt roof mounted solar panels on 24V system with room to expand:
Victron charge controller
3000W Victron inverter charger
4 12V 200AH LiFePO4 Batteries (2×2 series/parallel) for 400AH at 24V total
3600W Dual Fuel Generator (propane and gas) that fits in underbelly storage
Brand new engine batteries
Professional grade RV windows
Tons of storage underneath and built-in inside
6.5 Gallon Electric Water Heater
Signal booster for cell service/internet already installed
Roof Raise (16”)
Foam Insulation layer AND cellulose insulation layer in all walls and ceiling
Solid, real wood walls and ceiling (makes it feel/smell like a real cabin, and makes hanging things/renovating super easy)
30 gallons grey water storage
Separett Villa compost toilet with urine diverter plumbed to grey water tank
Platform Bed for a King mattress with storage and plumbing underneath
Metal tool cabinets for dressers in bedroom
One huge TV and one small TV, both sturdily affixed to the wall
Huge bathroom with subway tile in roomy shower and a huge toiletry closet
Brand new retro-look Fridge/Freezer
Comes with removable countertop oven, 1 induction cooktop, 1 hot plate, and 1 camping stove (not permanently installed to maintain countertop space)
Things that you will likely want to do to the bus:
Finish trim on windows
Replace bus doors with a real door
Add a mattress (bedroom fits a King bed)
Add more electrical outlets to the bus. There are currently two 15A outlets, one in the kitchen and one in the bathroom. We found that this was enough to run all of our electronics like TVs, a laptop, the fridge, and a couple of small space heaters with the help of a couple power bars – we didn’t really need to run anything else at the time. But there is plenty of room on the electrical panel for more outlets if you find you need/want more.
Add closet door/cabinet cover to electrical/utility closet (currently open to bedroom)
Change couch covers and possibly couch cushions
Add back on tiles that have fallen off (because it’s unfinished) and then grout and epoxy-coat the countertops in the kitchen/bathroom (2 gallon clear epoxy kit included)
Deck out the driver’s/dashboard/steps area of the bus – this is still pretty much original.
The bus has a small crack in the windshield that we recently noticed. We have dropped the price $3k to reflect this.
Clean Vermont title in-hand. No lien. Currently registered as motorhome in Vermont. We prefer full payment but will consider owner financing for the right buyer with a substantial down payment and purchase contract in place. We will not deliver. Buyer must pick up or have shipped from northeast Kansas.